Cold Weather is Hard on Pets Too!

Winter Pet Care

Keep Your Pet Safe in Cold Weather!

It’s as important to keep your pet safe in cold weather as it is during hot. Cold weather can be especially hard on pets with existing  medical conditions, especially arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year. Winter may be a good time for the exam, making sure your pet is as healthy as possible during cold weather.

Your pets should be kept inside during cold weather. Many people believe long haired or thick coated dogs and cats are more tolerant of the cold. However, they are still susceptible to frostbite. If you’re not sure how tolerant your pet is to low temperatures, contact your veterinarian.

Pets with diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, or hormonal imbalances (such as Cushing’s) may have a difficult time adjusting to cold temperatures.

Ice and snow are hard on your dog’s paws, so check them regularly. There are some over the counter treatments that help protect paws. You can also reduce the ice ball accumulation by clipping the hair between your dog’s toes.

During the winter your pets are also exposed to deicers, antifreeze, and other chemicals. Be sure to wipe off (or wash) your pet’s paws, legs, and belly after walks.

Pets often get lost during the winter as snow and ice can hide the scents they use to find their way home. Be sure to keep collar identification tags up to date. Microchips can provide a more permanent form of identification.

We all know that leaving pets in hot cars can be deadly.  Cold cars can be just as bad.

Warm car engines often attract cold cats.  Make some noise, check under the hood, or honk the horn before starting your engine. This will discourage feline hitchhikers and may save a pets life.

If you have any questions about cold weather care for your pets, call us at 800 204-8007.

What is That Gunk in My Dog’s Ears?

My dog is rubbing and scratching at his/her ears. I take a look and find this reddish brown gunk in the ear canal. What is that gunk? What should I do about it?

Is it a yeast infection? A Fungal infection? Bacterial infections? Could it be ear mites?

Ear mites often occur in puppies before they build up immunities but are more often found in cat’s ears.

Yeast infections are often caused by allergies most often food allergies.  A change in dog food can often clear this up.
Fungal and bacterial infections can be caused by anything from poor grooming to too much swimming. Or more correctly, not drying your dog’s ears after swimming.

It’s possible your dog will need medication to clear that ear problem.  In which case we will need to CAREFULLY clean all that “gunk” out before applying medication.  If we don’t, the medication is likely to sit on top of the gunk and not be effective.

If you were constantly rubbing and scratching at your ears, and if you were regularly finding gunk in your ears, you would go to your doctor and take care of it.

The next time you see your dog rubbing his ears on the carpet, scratching at his ears, or shaking his head vigorously trying to get rid of the itch, please bring them in and let’s get to the bottom of the gunk or problem.

Call us today (800 204-8007) to schedule an appointment for your pet and to discuss which preventative would be best.

Protect Your Pet From Ticks

Ticks- What’s the harm?

Its summer and ticks seem to be everywhere. We have had more pets brought in for the removal of ticks than usual.

If you decide to remove the tick on your own, carefully grasp the tick with a tweezers and gently remove pulling as straight as possible.  You are attempting to remove the tick with the head.  Do not cover the tick with Vaseline, apply heat, or any of the other, once popular (but incorrect), old methods of tick removal. These will often cause the tick to discharge infection/poison into your pet.

The most common areas to find ticks on your dog is around the ears (they tend to like warm moist areas), under the chin, and the under belly area.

Why should you protect your dog from ticks?

Unfortunately a simple tick bite can turn into a big problem. Ticks can cause a series of medical problems, including a dangerous amount of blood loss. A tick infestation could even result in diseases like ehlichosis, Lyme disease, anaplomosis and others. These are known as vector-borne diseases.  It is recommended that annual check-ups include screenings for vector-borne diseases.

How can you protect your dog from ticks?

The most effective way is to put your pet on a flea and tick preventative. We recommend Frontline as a preventative. Call us at 800 204-8007 for more information.

You should also try to maintain your yard free from brush and wood piles.

Remember a healthy pet is a happy pet!

Spring Heart Worm Test

Time For Heart Worm Testing

Spring – A Time for Heart Worm Testing

Spring is finally here; time to have your pet in for their annual heart worm test. Why should you have your dog or cat tested? Heart worm disease is passed on through mosquitoes, which can affect your dog whether it’s an indoor or outdoor pet. All it would take is one mosquito, one bite, for the larvae to infect your dog’s bloodstream, which would then migrate to the heart or blood vessel, leading to possibly serious consequences.  No one wants to put their pet through heart work treatment.

It’s important to stay up-to-date with your pet’s health status, including current heart worm preventions. If your dog or cat is on heart worm prevention treatment 12 months a year, they should still receive an annual test. Why? You may have missed a dose, or your pet may have reacted badly to the medicine, and vomited or spit the treatment up. If your pet has contracted heart worm, is very important that they be treated as early as possible so as to prevent permanent heart and lung damage.

We do recommend heart worm prevention for cats but find that many cat owners rely on the medication Revolution which not only prevents heart worm but also ear mites and fleas.

As an informed pet owner you should now have your pet tested for heart worms before summer, and receive the proper prevention treatment. Keep your pets healthy and happy.

DO CATS HAVE NINE LIVES

DO CATS HAVE NINE LIVES?

Some believe the origin of this phrase dates back to primeval times when 9 was a lucky numeral because it is the Trinity of Trinities. Since cats seem to be able to escape harm time and time again, this fortunate number seemed appropriate for cats.

Our small animal veterinarians will tell you that cats may be lucky but they still need regular visits to their animal vet.

Cats not only need regular protection from heart worms, fleas, ticks, and ear mites, they should also be tested for feline leukemia. This is especially important if you’re adopting a “stray kitten”.

Cats also need to be brushed regularly. This can help prevent excessive matting and reduce hairballs. If your cat does experience excessive matting, you can bring them to our veterinarian office to have them shaved.

Even though your cat has “9 lives” it still needs annual check-ups and lots of tender loving care.

Keep your cat healthy. Call 800 204-8007 for an appointment.

Dexter Animal Clinic has made life a little easier for pets and pet owners.

Dexter Animal ClinicDexter Animal Clinic has made life a little easier for pets and pet owners.

Our veterinarians now have a in-house lab for blood work! Whether your pet is receiving it’s annual test for heart worms or requires more complicated blood tests like CBC (complete blood count) or Amylase testing, it is very helpful for our vets to have the results the same day.

Often the blood test results can be made available while the patient and owner wait. This reduces stress and helps speed up treatment if needed. Dexter Animal Clinic’s new lab can handle blood tests for all our patients including your exotic pets.

For more information or to make an appointment call 800 204-8007.

A Tired Pet is a Happy Pet

A Tired Pet is a Happy Pet

A tired Pet is a Happy Pet

The original quote is “ A tired Lab is a happy Lab”.  Since we feel all pets need exercise, we also believe that good exercise helps with good health. As you can see, the puppies in our picture are really happy.

We all know that with summer heat some exercise precautions must be taken. Good hiking trails without pavement and with some shade can make for good healthy exercise.

We’d like to invite our patients and their owners to use our grounds to exercise their pets. You may also park and access the Stinchfield Woods hiking trails for those needing longer walks.

No matter where you go to exercise your pets, they will be happier and healthier for your efforts.

Call us at 800 204-8007 with questions about exercising your pet or concerns about summer hazards.

Is Dew Claw Removal A Good Idea?

Puppies With Dew Claws Removed

These Puppies Had Their Dew Claws Removed

Dew Claw Removal

A dog’s dew claw is like a thumb or big toe except it has no purpose.  It typically grows a few inches up from the pad and does not touch the ground.  We see occasional problems with torn or infected dew claws, but technically you do not need to have dew claws removed.

Breeders, especially of hunting dogs, often have dew claws removed within five – seven days of birth. At that young age, dew claws are more like fingernails than appendages and can be removed relatively easily with no stitches required.

The reason breeders of hunting dogs have dew claws removed is to prevent tearing and injury when running through brush, woods, and rough terrain.

The litter of champion white labs in our picture had their dew claws removed at age 5 days.  We know at least one of these fine dogs loves to ram through the woods and has never missed his dew claws.

Call us at 800 204-8007 with questions about dew claw removal.

$25 off Physical Exam for New Patients

Veterinarian serving Dexter, Chelsea and Ann Arbor areasIf you are looking for a veterinarian for your dog, cat or other pet, Dexter Animal Clinic invites you to come in for a physical exam. Come visit our office in a beautiful wooded setting, meet our staff and vets and see what we have to offer.

Proof of vaccination is required.

Call us today for your appointment:
(800) 204-8007 toll free
or (734) 426-4631

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